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Do you know any shopping center (don't care if outlet) in London ?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by hendrixx33, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. hendrixx33

    hendrixx33 New Member

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    Hi.

    Im from Spain and Im goin to travel to London very soon. I often wear very british style with brands like Baracuta, Fred Perry, Lyle and Scott and such...but also others italian like Harmont and Blaine or french like Fa├žonnable.
    I would like to know if theres a low price shopping center in London, I don't care about other season clothes because I usually go for the classic and that never goes out of season and I don't like to spend lot of money (I don't have much either hehe)
    I don't know a good Shopping center with good brands and good prices and I don't know where to look.

    I don't care about those malls being outlet.
    I think somebody from London or near it will certainly know for sure.

    Thanks in advice.
     
  2. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    There's an outlet mall a little outside of London called Bicester village - they have many of the brands you seek. Google them for directions.

    Those brands are also in central london in standalone shops along Carnaby Street. You can also get them in department stores like House of Fraser. Otherwise you can try Shepherd's bush which is the largest mall in the UK. But these options aren't outlets - they are regular priced.
     
  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    I concur with FidelCashflow, Bicester Village is probably your best bet. An hour from London, Think there's a regular bus service goes there. http://www.bicestervillage.com/
     
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  4. VelvetGreen

    VelvetGreen Senior member

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    You can get the train from London too.
     
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  5. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Yup goes from Marylebone to Bicester North station, then get a transfer bus to the Village.

    BTW my sister lives in Bicester, that's how I knew about the place.
     
  6. ayonnn

    ayonnn Active Member

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    Hi there,

    Newish member on sf, wanted to give an update on Bicester (in the context of a 20ish grad student with a reasonable budget)...

    Doing my homework on the previous threads for recommended stores to visit and they definitely yielded great results.

    Since our bus got there really early 9 am, I went straight to Ralph Lauren since I knew it was gonna be busy, nothing my size unfortunately most of the Purple Label stuff was XL or 2XL (a few ties as well). 32 Light Pink RL Shorts with placket button was the closest thing to a find (30 GBP) but too big for me.

    Next went to Dunhill, which was surprisingly empty and here I got my best find. In the clearance rack was an Engineered Fit white broadcloth pinpoint dress shirt for 30 down from 135 RRP. Rest of the clearance rack ran large, although nice basic colors (sky blue, pink) but some ran a bit cheaper. Ties were nice but stock shifts quickly, and current ones were all around 50. Spring Summer stuff if you had the money was great! I loved the waxed cotton windbreaker (around 300 i think).

    After further browsing I ended up on a pair of dark raw Gansevoort selvedge denim at 75 down from 150. as not expecting raw denim from Dunhill, so it was a great surprise! Japanese denim, fit was slim straight with great details including two stich contrast, black buttons, a selvedge coin pocket and a map of london on the pocketbag linings. WI actually still don't have a lot of info on it even after searching online. Still 6-7 pairs in the store when I left.

    Hackett was very good for shirts. Currently they had a 75 for 3 deal for ALL shirts in the store regardless of original price! Even their small was too big for me but I easily got 3 shirts for my brothers and dad in two-ply 100s woven in Italy (put together probably retailed around 220-250). A wide selection to choose from and a much better value than CT. Ties had a big selection but too wide for my frame (all 8 cm).

    Other purchases:
    a pair of Sand Clarks Original Desert Boots for 45 (this was definitely in the agenda). Clarks was also really busy, but I was surprised no one was going for DBs! It turns out they're Pretty Green (Liam Gallagher) x Clarks.. the toe is a bit rounder but it doesn't really affect the purchase for me. Boat shoes were cheap too (35).
    [​IMG]
    http://www.endclothing.co.uk/pretty-green-x-clarks-originals-desert-boot-18.html

    a Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Champagne Button Down with extra buttons in the back collar for 30 down from 100.

    a woven in Italy grey silk linen tie from Charles Thyrwhitt (17.5, going for 30 for 2). and cuff knots at 3 a piece.

    and what now I'm thinking is my only misstep: a made by Loake CT Black Straddle Loafer I got for 78...See it in retail now for 100...In retrospect I should have
    1. not gone for black
    2. bit the bullet and gone for a much better loafer at Tod's at around 160 (only around 30-40% off). Ferragamo and Gucci had a nice selection of loafers that run in the 180-250 categories.
    [​IMG]
    http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/men's-shoes/men's-business-shoes/Black-Strand-saddle-loafer-shoes.html


    Will be checking if I can get these refunded, or if anyone is interested in a size 8, PM me!

    In general, it's definitely one of the best outlets to go, and as long as you go early and do your homework, there are deals to be had even on a crowded weekend! Will definitely visit again. :)

    AS
     

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